After oil change strange problems with 1995 Virago

Discussion in 'Motorbike Technical Discussion' started by zanco, Jul 13, 2003.

  1. zanco

    zanco Guest

    Last weekend I changed my oil and filter and refilled it with 3.3
    quarts (according to the book). I let it run for a while after
    refilling it and saw that the oil window on the side very slowly
    filled up. I didn't touch it for a week and this weekend I went to
    start it and it wouldn't turn over. Just kinda went klunk once each
    time I press the ignition. I did a little investigating and learned
    that it might be that I overfilled the oil. The oil window looked
    either empty or totally full. So I drained almost all of it, and then
    it turned over and started up. After it started I added more of the
    oil back, but not all if it and the oil window did not fill up or have
    anything in it (even after running it for a bit and letting it sit).
    Now the window is totally empty and the bike idled for a while (~30
    min) and then died off.

    So now the oil window is empty but I know there is at least about 2.75
    quarts in there (maybe more); the bike doesn't start easily; and I
    have no idea what went wrong or how to correct it. Before changing the
    oil, the oil window seemed to be working fine.

    Any ideas?

    zanco, Jul 13, 2003
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  2. If the only thing that's changed has been the oil and the filter, and it's
    probably not the oil, perhaps you should remove the filter and see if
    that's plugged?
    Brian Johnson, Jul 14, 2003
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  3. zanco

    dwaf8 Guest

    Check the oil filter.
    Is it possible to have it in backwards?
    Is it seated perfectly?
    All that kind of crap.....

    Is it the right one for your bike? I was given one for my Yamaha that was
    Dad always said "Measure twice, cut once." so I always eyeball parts and I
    spotted the differences and was saved from grief.
    dwaf8, Jul 15, 2003
  4. zanco

    Mastermech Guest

    Just a hint. If you added oil and see no oil in the window. Don't run the
    bike you might be doing damage. As you said it will run a while then die
    Mastermech, Jul 29, 2003
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